Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Favorite Thing #90 - Vera Bradley Large Duffel

Since the holiday seasons are here and a lot of us will be doing traveling I thought I would share this favorite thing - Vera Bradley Large Duffel. I LOVE this bag! It's the perfect size for a weekend away. It has long handles and loads of room. It's also perfect as a carry on for your next flight. This also makes a great gift this holiday. There are so many great patterns. One of my favorites featured above is Cambridge.

Bag Dimensions - 22" x 11½" x 11½" – 15" strap drop
Suggested Retail Price: $80

Monday, November 24, 2008

Favorite Thing #89 - Ornament Organization

Sorry that I have been so MIA this past couple of weeks. Things have been crazy busy! Anyway I am back and hope to be posting regularly. This favorite thing is perfect for the upcoming holidays. Anyone that knows me, knows I am an an organizational nut and this favorite thing is the perfect example of that - Ornament Organizer (and I am going to feature two of them)!
The first one is for your larger ornaments, especially your ornament balls. There are three levels of storage and each level has a compartment for each individual ornament. It keeps them organized and protected. The second one I also use for ornaments. These are more for the small, flat ornaments. Again it's a stacking system with several levels. It keeps your ornaments organized and protected. Definitely helps save space and keeps your Christmas stuff organized. I got both of these at Target but you can also find them online.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Favorite Thing #88 - Autumn Hill's 2006 Merlot

A couple of weekends ago I went down to Virgina with some girlfriends to explore some wineries. One of the wineries we stopped at was Autumn Hill Vineyards. It's a small, quaint place that was in the middle of nowhere. I picked up a bottle of their Merlot because I really enjoyed the tasting (I'm normally not a fan of Merlot). I opened the bottle to have a glass or two when I got home from a long business trip. I enjoyed it so much I almost finished the bottle. It's also reasonably priced at $16/bottle. For those of you that can't visit the vineyard you can buy it at their online shop.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Favorite Thing #87 - "Flirt" Jeans by Old Navy

I discovered this favorite thing thanks to Allie at My Wadrobe Today. She swears by these jeans and they were on sale for $20 so I thought I would check them out. They came in the mail while I was out of town and I finally got to try them on Friday when I got home. It was love at first wear!!! Normally I wear jeans that are way over priced but we are trying to save money so instead of spending over $100 on jeans I spent $20 and I love them! Old Navy's Flirt jeans are amazing and they are soooo cheap. There is a another perk to them - normally I have to get my jeans altered because I am so short but with Old Navy's "short" style they fit me perfectly! Woo Hoo! I would definitely recommend these. They are the perfect jeans for casual or a night out on the town. And they are still on sale right now for $20. Can't beat that!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Favorite Thing #86 - Sally Scripps' Famous Pierogi Casserole

This is an amazing dish! My mother-in-law makes this all the time for her sons and have gotten her daughters-in-law hooked on it. It's very easy to make but also VERY unhealthy...but sooo good.

3 sticks of butter (I know...I said it wasn't healthy)

8-9 medium potatoes

3 medium onions

1 lb. Velveeta Cheese

1 lb. bowtie noodles

Cook potatoes like you would for mashed potatoes. Cook bowtie pasta as directed on box. Saute onions in one stick of butter (again...I told you it wasn't healthy). Mash the potatoes using one stick of butter and 3/4 of Velveeta.
Spray 9x13 pan with Pam or other cooking spray (I use Favorite Thing #4 - Misto filled with olive oil)

Put the cooked bowtie pasta in bowl and butter with one stick of butter.
Layer 9x13 with noodles, then layer with mashed potatoes. Spread onion mixture on top of potatoes. Put the rest of Velveeta in small cubes on top of onions.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!!!


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